My exploration into nutrition stems from my desire to marry my two loves: food and helping people feel better, both physically and emotionally.
Growing up, I never made the connection between food and health. I was a picky eater! At the age of 10, I started swimming competitively, beginning a love affair with athletic competition that continued through my high school and collegiate careers. However, it wasn't until I became a college swim coach and responsible for the well-being of student athletes that I made a connection between nutrition and performance.
I started reading about the subject and trying new foods in the city I inhabited - New York City. I became so passionate that I changed career paths, becoming a Registered Dietitian.
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Michael Pollan
"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." - James Beard
Food sustains our bodies, and ties us together socially and culturally. We need to eat for physical health, and for overall wellbeing. Food should not be a source of stress but rather one of life and enjoyment. We all deserve to live life to its fullest and eating well is an integral piece in doing so.
Each of our nutritional needs are dependent on a multitude of factors, all of which I consider when counseling. One eating pattern does not fit all. We do know, however, that across varied populations, individuals who eat whole foods have favorable health outcomes. By whole foods I mean vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, well-sourced meats, dairy and whole grains. Unfortunately, the food environment we navigate on a daily basis can make eating well seem impossible.
My goal is to help you eat in a sustainable way- focused on whole foods that will meet your health, sensory (food does need to taste good!), social, cultural, financial, and emotional needs. I will listen, provide evidence-informed answers, debunk nutrition myths, and collaborate with you to create a unique plan suited for your needs.
Nutrition Experience & Certifications:
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
I worked for two years as a nutritionist at Women, Infants and Children program.
I worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital for 3 years as a senior outpatient dietitian and Manager of the Nutrition and Wellness Service, BWH's outpatient nutrition service.
Trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI)
ServeSafe and HAACP Certified
Master Trainer for AllerTrainU
Tufts University, BS in Biology
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, MS in Nutrition Communication
Simmons College, Certificate in Didactic Practice in Dietetics (DPD)
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dietetic Internship